16 days in Spain Itinerary

16 days in Spain Itinerary

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16 days in Spain Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  13 h 15 min
1
Barcelona
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
2
Valencia
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Madrid
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Cordoba
— Few hours
Train:  2 h 45 min
5
Granada
— 1 night
Train:  3 h 30 min
6
Seville
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Chicago

4
nights
Barcelona

Barcelona ©
Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
You've added Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, The Magic Fountain, Parc de Montjuic, and other attractions to your itinerary. Step out of the city life by going to Playa de La Barceloneta and Carretera de Les Aigues. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and El Barri Gòtic for their historical value. There's much more to do: browse the fresh offerings at La Boqueria, admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera, stroll around Parc Guell, and pause for some serene contemplation at Barcelona Cathedral.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Barcelona online tour itinerary planner .

Chicago, USA to Barcelona is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Barcelona is 7 hours. In April, Barcelona is a bit warmer than Chicago - with highs of 66°F and lows of 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Valencia.

Things to do in Barcelona

Parks Historic Sites Museums
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Basilica of the Sagrada Familia ©
Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell ©
Parc Guell
El Barri Gòtic ©
El Barri Gòtic

2
nights
Valencia

Valencia ©
A charming old city originally founded as a Roman colony, Valencia is the country’s third-largest urban center.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Valencia Cathedral and Parroquia de San Nicolas de Bari y San Pedro Martir. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias and Oceanografic Valencia. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Central Market of Valencia, contemplate the long history of La Lonja de la Seda, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza de la Virgen, and examine the collection at Museu Faller de Valencia.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Valencia journey maker site .

Fly from Barcelona to Valencia in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Valencia can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can take a train to Madrid.

Things to do in Valencia

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites
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Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias ©
Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias
Central Market of Valencia ©
Central Market of Valencia
Valencia Cathedral ©
Valencia Cathedral

4
nights
Madrid

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Do your shopping at Mercado San Miguel and Cava Baja Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Prado National Museum and Gran Via. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, head outdoors with Parque de la Bombilla, identify plant and animal life at Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, and ride a horse along Horse Riding Madrid.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Madrid road trip planning tool .

Take a train from Valencia to Madrid in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. May in Madrid sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 52°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Cordoba.

Things to do in Madrid

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Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Mercado San Miguel ©
Mercado San Miguel

few
hours
Cordoba

Cordoba ©
Andalucía’s thousand-year-old city, Córdoba, was once the capital of both the Roman Empire and the Moorish Kingdom, representing an alluring mix of cultural and political history.
On the 6th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Palacio de Viana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba, and then make a trip to Calleja del Panuelo.

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You can take a train from Madrid to Cordoba in 2 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Madrid in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cordoba: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Cordoba

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba ©
Mezquita Cathedral de Cordoba
Palacio de Viana ©
Palacio de Viana
Calleja del Panuelo ©
Calleja del Panuelo

1
night
Granada

Granada ©
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.
On the 7th (Thu), get to know the fascinating history of Mirador de San Nicolas and then take in the exciting artwork at Reez.

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You can drive from Cordoba to Granada in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cordoba in May, expect nights in Granada to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Seville.

Things to do in Granada

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Reez ©
Reez
Mirador de San Nicolas ©
Mirador de San Nicolas

3
nights
Seville

Seville ©
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): examine the collection at Museo de Carruajes, then view the masterpieces at Delimbo, then view the masterpieces at La Galeria Roja, and finally steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Un Gato en Bicicleta, then get a taste of the local shopping with Sorolla Art Gallery, then explore the world behind art at Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seville online attractions planner .

You can drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Seville can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Seville

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Royal Alcázar of Seville ©
Royal Alcázar of Seville
Catedral de Sevilla ©
Catedral de Sevilla
Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla ©
Museo De Bellas Artes De Sevilla

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